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Chelmsford Police Station Dedicated May 1 8, 2003 



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Quick Facts 




Incorporated 


May, 1655 




Type of Government 


Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, 
Representative Town Meeting 




County 


Middlesex 




Land Area 


22.54 Square Miles 




Public Road Miles 2001 


186.99 




Population 2000 Census 


33,858 




Median Family Income 


$82,676 




Tax Rate FY2001 


$14.05 (Residential & Commercial) 




Median Home Value FY2001 


$280,000 




Median Tax Bill FY2001 


$3,934 




Operating Budget FY2001 


$81,054,353 




Web Site 


www.TownofChelmsford.us 









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Table of 

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ADMINISTRATION 

Board of Selectmen 
Town Manager's Office 
Finance Office 
Town Clerk & Registrars 

PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT 

(Community Development) 
Planning Board 
Board of Appeals 
Conservation Commission 
Historic District Commission 




PUBLIC EDUCATION 




Chelmsford Public Schools 


10 


NASHOBA Valley Tech 


11 


PUBLIC SAFETY 




Police Department 


12 


Fire Department 


13 


Building Department 


14 


PUBLIC WORKS 




Engineering 


15 


Public Buildings 


15 


Parks Division 


15 


Sewer Division 


16 


Highway Division 


16 


Sewer Commission 


16 


Recycling Committee 


17 


Cemetery Commission 


17 


HUMAN SERVICES 




Council on Aging / 




Senior Center 


18 


Veteran Services 


19 


Housing Authority 


19 


Library 


20 


Board of Health 


22 


Recreation 


25 






BOARDS &COMMITTEES 

Arts & Technology Education 



Fund ( ATEF) 


26 


Celebrations Committee 


26 


Commission on Disabilities 


27 


Cultural Council 


27 


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Historical Commission 


27 


Holiday Decorating 




Committee 


28 


Finance Committee 


28 


TOWN MEETING ELECTED 




REPRESENTATIVES 


30 


ELECTED TOWN 




OFFICIALS 


33 



PHONE DIRECTORY 



35 



MEETING SCHEDULE 



Selectmen Town Offices 

7:00p.m.~ Every other Monday 

School Committee Parker School 

7:30 p.m. ~ Every other Tuesday 
PI arming Board Town Offices 

7:00 p.m. ~ 2 nd & 4 th Wednesday 



Appeals Board 

7:00 p.m. 
Conservation Commission 

8:00 p.m. 
Board of Health 



Town Offices 
2 nd & 4 th Thursday 

Town Offices 
1st & 3rd Tuesday 

Town Offices 



7:00 p.m. ~ 1 st Monday of Month 
Housing Authority 10 Wilson Street 

7:30 p.m. ~ 1 st Tuesday of Month 
For current meeting schedule visit the Town web 
site at: www.TownofCheImsford.us 



Chelmsford Public Library 

25 Boston Road 
Chelmsford, MA 01824 



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Michael F. McCall 
Chairman 

Fiscal year 2003 and the second half of fiscal year 

2002 was an active and productive period for the 
Town of Chelmsford. I would like to take this 
opportunity to highlight some notable 
accomplishments and update you on some of the 
activities of the Board of Selectmen. 

Construction of our new Police Station began in 
November 2001, was completed in February of 

2003 and formally dedicated in May in a 
ceremony which included police officers from 
Chelmsford, England. We can all be very proud 
of our long over due state of the art Police facility, 
which will accommodate the needs of the 
Chelmsford Police Department well into the 
future. 

The appointed Secondary School Building 
Committee spent many months devising a plan for 
upgrading the high school and our two middle 
schools. However, for a variety of reasons 
including uncertainty of state reimbursement, the 
voters on two occasions rejected the proposed 
projects. This has required us to return to the 
drawing board to find an affordable and 
supportable project which addresses building and 
educational program needs. We intend to work 
with all parties including the School Committee to 
develop a plan for consideration in FY04. Such a 
plan may include renovations, additions, portable 
classes and possibly some new construction. 
Most importantly, the Selectmen remain 
committed to upgrading our community's schools 
within the financial parameters available to us. It 
should be noted that the School Building 
Assistance Program has been suspended, thereby 
eliminating the potential of immediate State 
reimbursement for any project. 

The Route 3 North widening project is moving 
forward slightly ahead of schedule. This project 
has been a priority of our Town for three decades. 
The Selectmen have worked closely with Modern 
Continental, the designer/builder of the highway, 
to coordinate construction schedules to take 
advantage of weekend, nighttime and other off- 



peak times to help reduce the inconvenience to 
commuters. And, where detours and road 
closures have been needed, every effort has been 
made to notify the public via television and 



Two major 
have been the 
the Drum Hill 
Steadman Street 



newspaper announcements, 
components of the project 
Steadman Street Bridge and 
Rotary. Completion of the 
Bridge was accomplished within six months to 
facilitate the flow of traffic between Chelmsford 
and Lowell. It is anticipated that the re-designed 
Drum Hill Rotary will be completed and open to 
traffic in the fall of 2003. Overall, we believe the 
Route 3 project is progressing fairly smoothly. 
We greatly appreciate the residents' patience as 
this major highway improvement project 
continues. 

The Town remains financially strong with solid 
reserves and cash flow; however, we have 
experienced the effects of the economic downturn 
through reduced local revenue and reductions in 
state aid. Like other communities, we have had to 
find ways to reduce spending in order to stay 
within budget. We have achieved this through 
several cost saving measures. One example is the 
substantial savings in our ever increasing health 
insurance costs which was achieved through 
negotiations with our employee unions. We 
continue to be vigilant in order to reduce 
projected budget shortfalls in the future fiscal 
years, and search for other ways to reduce costs 
without jeopardizing essential services. The 
Selectmen are confident that such measures will 
ensure our fiscal strength into the future. 

Finally, the Selectmen are committed to ensuring 
that the Town of Chelmsford is well represented 
on Beacon Hill. The Selectmen have been 
actively involved with our State Senator, our 
Legislative Delegation in the House of 
Representatives, and the Governor's Office on a 
variety of matters affecting the Town. The 
Selectmen lobbied hard to have the moratorium 
on the School Building Assistance Program lifted 
so that our school project could be submitted if 




approved by the voters. We appealed to the 
Legislature and Governor for increased local aid, 
in light of the recent reductions in aid to the 
State's cities and towns. The Selectmen will 
continue to petition our representatives in the 
Legislature and the Governor's Office on the 
Town's behalf. 



In closing, I want to express my thanks to our 
Town Manager and all of our employees who 
serve the public every day with professionalism 
and dedication. Also, I want to thank the many 
residents who donate their time and expertise to 
the Town by serving on boards, committees, and 
special events 




Board of Selectmen, Left to Right: Philip Eliopoulos, Vice Chairman, William Dalton, 
Michael McCall, Chairman, Thomas Moran, Stuart Weisfeldt, Clerk. 




Manager 



Bernard F. Lynch 
Town Manager 




This Annual Report covers the period of January 
1 , 2002 through June 30, 2003 as we move from a 
calendar year to fiscal year reporting cycle. The 
reason for this change is to have consistency in all of 
our planning and reporting documents including 
our budget, audit, and reports to the state and 
federal government. This consistency will be 
increasingly important as new government 
accounting standards are introduced over the next 
few years. 

The eighteen months that this Annual Report 
covers have been marked by a very difficult fiscal 
climate for our Town, our state and the nation as a 
whole. Many economists have written that the 
fiscal condition of states and local governments 
are the worst since the Great Depression of the 
1930's. We have seen our local aid from the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts reduced on 
several occasions during this time including mid- 
year reductions that were heretofore considered 
impossible. As with every economic downturn 
we have also seen our locally generated revenues 
stagnate during this period as less new 
development occurs, thereby affecting new 
property tax growth and less fees and licenses. 
Like the early 1990's we have seen a squeeze on 
revenue but increased fixed costs in the area of 
employee benefits like health insurance and 
pensions. And, the decrease in state aid does not 
reduce expectations of continued service 



enhancements especially in education which was 
a primary beneficiary of increased financial 
assistance during the 1990's. 

Despite the economic downturn of the last couple 
of years we remain financially stable with strong 
reserves that we built during the better times. 
These funds have been earmarked for stabilizing 
the impact of debt service for projects built over 
the last few years but they are, and are seen by 
financial analysts as, evidence of the Town's good 
condition and financial management strength. 
Likewise, our collection of taxes and cash flow 
remains very positive. 

During this period we did take steps to improve 
the management of our health insurance costs 
through the introduction of a new program of 
coverage for our employees and retirees. Through 
the Health Trust of the Massachusetts Interlocal 
Insurance Association, an affiliate of the 
Massachusetts Municipal Association, we have 
brought improved but less costly coverage with 
first year savings in FY04 of nearly $800,000. 
These savings are crucial in our effort to maintain 
services and employee jobs. Our efforts in this 
area were not unilateral as we worked closely 
with our employees in negotiating and structuring 
the transition to this program. 

The most visible issue of the past eighteen months 
was the efforts to improve the condition and 
physical space at our secondary schools, 
McCarthy Middle, Parker Middle and the 
Chelmsford High School. While we continue to 
annually invest in our elementary school 
improvements we have determined a need for 
larger and more comprehensive approaches to 
these three buildings. The needs include 
addressing the overall condition of the structures 
as well as space and programmatic enhancements 
to meet current educational standards. The hard 
work of the appointed Secondary School Building 
Committee resulted in two ballot questions for 
Proposition 2 l A debt exemptions which were 
voted down by the residents of the Town. The 
first question which was considered in November 




of 2002 encompassed all three buildings and had a 
cost of approximately $112 million. The second 
vote occurred in March of 2003 and had a cost of 
about $86 million and would have included the 
construction of a new McCarthy Middle school 
and improvements at the High School. Questions 
regarding the total cost and uncertainty about state 
school building reimbursement were main issues 
in the voters' decisions. 

Despite these votes it is widely accepted that 
improvements are needed at each of these three 
facilities. Each building is 30 to 45 years old and 
has needs of refurbishing and system 
replacements. Additionally, increased enrollment 
over the past few years in tandem with changed 
educational standards requires new and changed 
space at these schools. For these reasons we will 
over the next twelve months return to the drawing 
board in search of the solution that is deemed 
affordable and appropriate by the Town's 
residents. It is likely that such a project, or 
projects, will have to be accomplished without 
state assistance as a moratorium has been placed 
on new applications for aid. And, in retrospect it 
is unlikely that either of our previous projects 
would have been fully accepted for financial 
assistance. These circumstances make our efforts 
more difficult as we will likely absorb the entire 
cost. However, there are opportunities as the 
absence of state involvement may provide 
increased flexibility in developing creative 
solutions that people can support. 

While our focus over the eighteen month period 
was our secondary schools we did see other 
projects move forward. Our new police station 
was completed and opened in the spring of 2003. 
This new facility was long overdue having rested 
on the back burner while other projects moved 
forward through the years. In the end the 
replacement of the 1962 station with the new 



facility should address our needs well into the 
future. It follows on the heels of other projects 
including the Library and Center School 
reconstruction. We also saw in June of 2003 the 
beginning of the Central Square reconstruction for 
traffic safety and aesthetic improvement. 

Over the next twelve months we will see the 
completion of the Central Square project and the 
widening of Route 3. These two projects along 
with other traffic improvements including signals 
along North Road should go a long way in 
addressing the traffic problems of our Town. We 
will also continue to work on the school building 
project as well as our Fire and DPW facilities so 
that we can move forward to continually improve 
the services and efficiencies in the operation of 
the Town. Lastly, we must continue to maintain 
the prudent and careful management of our 
finances as we cope with the continuation of 
difficult economic circumstances. 

As always, I want to thank the members of the 
Board of Selectmen for their direction and support 
during the past eighteen months including 
William Dalton, Philip Eliopoulos, Michael 
McCall, Thomas Moran and Stuart Weisfeldt. I 
also want to recognize and thank the Department 
Managers and Town employees for their 
continued dedication and efforts. In particular, I 
want to thank the staff of the Executive Office, 
which has included John Coderre, Marian Currier, 
Donna Mcintosh, Janet Murphy, and Jeanne 
Parziale. 

It has been a challenging and often difficult period 
and the near future looks equally challenging. 
Throughout it all, I remain appreciative of the 
opportunity to work on your behalf as Town 
Manager. I remain committed to sustaining the 
direction in which we are heading to make 
Chelmsford an even better community. 



Finance 

ment 




Charles F. Mansfield 

Finance Director/Treasurer/Tax Collector 

The town's financial management is strong. The 
Fiscal year 2002 ending fund balance was $4.9 
million, or an adequate 5.9% of operating 
expenditures. The town has added reserves in the 
stabilization fund of over $7.9 million, or 9.5% of 
operating expenditures. Chelmsford fund balance 
policy is to maintain the stabilization fund 
between 5%-10% of operating expenditures. The 
town expects to end fiscal 2003 with a surplus, 
despite the $583,000 reduction in state aid made 
by the governor this past January. 

As a result of the employment opportunities in 
and outside of the town, unemployment has 
historically been below state and national levels 
and is currently at 4.8%. Assessed valuation has 
been increasing strongly at an average annual 
12% since 1998 to over $3.79 billion in 2003, 
bringing the per capita assessed valuation (AV) to 
a very high $112,000. The tax base is diverse, 
with the 1 leading taxpayers accounting for only 
5.2% of total AV. Wealth and income levels are 
high, as demonstrated by median household 
effective buying income at 139% of state and 
174% of national averages. 

The overall debt burden is moderate on a per 
capita basis at $1,922, but low on a market value 
basis at 1 .7%. The debt service carrying charge is 
manageable at 11% of expenditures; amortization 
is rapid with 64% of principal retired in 10 years. 
Chelmsford is planning to issue around $2.5 
million annually for various capital improvements 
and about $6-$7 million annually for sewer 
projects. The Town maintained its Moody's credit 
rating of Aa3. 

The Town has continued to improve its long-term 
financial position through the preparation and 
adherence to five-year fiscal forecasts and 
strategic planning. This planning addresses 
operating costs, debt, facility needs, and financial 
reserves. 



Assessing Division 

The Board is responsible for the full and fair 
market valuation of the approximate 13,900 real 
and personal property parcels within the 
community as of January 1st of the fiscal year. 
Fiscal Year 2003 was an interim adjustment year 
that demonstrated an average of 20% in property 
increase values. The tax rate for the fiscal year 
decreased to $14.05 from the previous fiscal year 
of $15.84. The real estate market continues to 
escalate as the community enters a full three year 
revaluation during the next fiscal. 

In addition, the Board is responsible for the 
administration and abatement of the approximate 
30,000 excise bills that are issued through several 
commitments annually by the Registry of Motor 
Vehicles. 

The Board congratulates Frank Reen as the Chief 
Assessor and Kit Bianchi as the Assistant 
Assessor. Frank was promoted from the position 
of Assistant Assessor upon the retirement of 
Diane Phillips. Kit was promoted from the 
position of Department Assistant of the 
Community Development Office. The Board 
congratulates Diane on her retirement after 17 
years of service as the Chief Assessor and is 
pleased that Diane will remain on the Board as an 
acting member. In closing, the Board thanks the 
staff for their unending dedication and 
commitment to public service. 

Accounting /Annual Audit 

The Accounting Division is responsible for record 
keeping of all financial transactions of the Town; 
processing of all bills, warrants, receipts, payroll 
and ledgers; and supplies departments with 
financial reports and payroll information. The 
Accounting Division ensures the Town is in 
compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting 
Principals, Federal and State laws, and Town 
Meeting authorizations. 

In accordance with Section 6-7 of the Town 
Charter the Board of Selectmen annually 
designate an independent public accountant or 
firm of accountants to audit the books and 




accounts of the Town as provided for in Massachusetts General Laws. This requirement was completed in 
Fiscal 2001 by R.E. Brown & Company, P.C. of Mendon, MA. 

Presented here from the annual audit is the Combined Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in 
Fund Balances for All Governmental Fund Types and Expendable Trusts for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 
2001. For a complete explanation of the Town's Fund structure and how it differs from the "budgetary basis" 
presented above, readers may refer to Appendix C of the annual budget document. 

In the coming year the Finance Department will continue to promote the highest degree of public credibility 
and confidence in its operations by fostering fiscal accountability, efficiency, and integrity in all aspects of 
operations. 



TOWN OF CHELMSFORD 


MASSACHUSETTS 










COMBINED STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES, AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES 


ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES AND EXPENDABLE TRUST FUNDS 


YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2002 
























































FIDUCIARY 










GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES 




FUND TYPES 




TOTALS 






SPECIAL 


CAPITAL 
PROJECTS 


EXPENDABLE 




(MEMORANDUM 






GENERAL REVENUE 


TRUST 




ONLY) 


REVENUES: 
















PROPERTY TAXES 




$ 51,067,998 




$ 




$ 


! $ 




$ 51 ,067,998 j 


INTERGOVERNMENTAL - STATE 




22,455,733 




873,702 




. 


- 




23,329,435 


INTERGOVERNMENTAL - FEDERAL 




- 




1,437,790 




- 


- 




1,437,790 


MOTOR VEHICLE EXCISE TAX 




4,014,532 




- 




- 


- 




4.014,532 


INVESTMENT INCOME 




519,617 




2 j£99 




- 


470,144 




992,260 


SEWER 




1,422,628 




- 




- 


- 




1,422,628 


SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS 




. 




2,253,450 




. 


- 




2,253,450 


DEPARTMENTAL 




2,421,765 




4,775,628 




- 


6.052,214 




13,249.607 






















TOTAL REVENUES 




81,902.273 




9,343,069 




- 


6.522.358 




97,767,700 






















EXPENDITURES: 




















CURRENT: 




















GENERAL GOVERNMENT 




3,043,771 




196,612 




61,495 


- 




3,301.878 


PUBLIC SAFETY 




8.660,246 236,438 2,787,603 


7,149 




11,691,436 


EDUCATION 




42/13.389 4.146,588 541.297 


. 




47,401,274 


PUBLIC WORKS 




5.672.190 


357,305 




11,328,973 


73.329 




17,431,797 


CEMETERY 




263 759 




. 




- 


- 




263,759 


HUMAN SERVICES 




693,702 




676,051 




- 


- 




1,369,753 


CULTURE & RECREATION 




1.353.156 I | 896,962 




56,818 


29.900 




2,336,836 


EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 




11,823,464 




- 




- 


6,111,531 




T7J34.995 


STATE & COUNTY ASSESSMENTS 




258,378 




- 




- 


. 




258,378 


DEBT & INTEREST 




8,930,923 




- 




- 


- 




8,930,923 






















TOTAL EXPENDITURES 




83,412,978 


6,509,956 




14,776,186 ■ ■. ■■!":, j 




110,921,029 




















EXCESS (DEFICIENCY) OF REVENUES 




















OVER EXPENDITURES 




(1,510,705) 




2,833,113 




(14,776,186) 


300,449 




(13,153,329) 






















OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES) 




















BOND PROCEEDS 




- 




. 


24,750.000 


- 




24,750.000 


OPERATING TRANSFERS IN 




1,904,506 




20.000 2,362 I 514,842 i | 2,441,710 


OPERATING TRANSFERS OUT 




(50236?) 




(1.398,571) (2.547) (537,388) 




(2.440.868) 




















TOTAL OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES) 




1,402,144 




(1.378,571) 




24,749,815 


(22,546) 




24,750,842 






















EXCESS (DEFICIENCY) OF REVENUES AND 




















OTHER FINANCING SOURCES OVER (UNDER) 




















EXPENDITURES AND OTHER FINANCING USES 




(108,561) 




1,454,542 




9,973.629 


277,903 




11,597,513 






















FUND BALANCE AT BEGINNING OF YEAR 




5,049,330 




5,765,949 


(7,025.213) 


9,268,886 




13,058,952 




own Clerk 




egistrars 



Elizabeth L. Delaney 
Town Clerk 

The year 2002 was a year of major change for the 
Town Clerk and Registrars Office. The Optech 
III electronic voting system that the Town had 
been using for the previous ten years was 
becoming obsolete. Under Article 14 of the April, 
2001 Annual Town Meeting, the sum of $64,000 
through the Capital Planning article was voted 
and approved for purchasing ten Accu-Vote 
Optical Scanning machines. After purchasing the 
new machines in December 2001, our staff, 
precinct workers and voters had to be retrained for 
the new system. Beginning with the Annual Town 
Election on April 1, 2002 the new system was to 
be in place. We easily realized the overall success 
on election night when unofficial results from all 
nine precincts were available just forty-five 
minutes after the polls closed at 8PM. 

Other events originating from our office include 
the Annual Town Meeting on April 28th with an 
adjourned session on May 2nd, the State Primary 
Election on September 17th, the Annual Fall 
Town Meeting on October 21st with an adjourned 
session on October 24th and finally the State 
Governor's Election on November 5th. This 
election generated a 76% voter turnout. 

On September 15th, Mary E. St. Hilaire retired 
after thirty years as Town Clerk. She was first 
elected in March of 1972. One of her last official 
acts was to swear in Elizabeth L. (Betty) Delaney, 



TOWN CLERK'S 


VITAL STATISTICS 


Sporting Licenses 


557 


Dog Licenses 


3100 


Kennel Licenses 





Birth (Inc) 


396 


Deaths 


325 


Marriages 


155 


Intentions 


160 



her employee of thirty years, who had been 
appointed by the Town Manager, as Town Clerk. 
Mary was the last elected Town Clerk. In 1989 
the Town changed from an open Town Meeting 
concept, to a Charter form of government with a 
Town Manger, and 162 Town Meeting 
Representatives. According to the Charter, "the 
incumbent Town Clerk shall continue to serve in 
the office for which they were elected and shall 
continue to serve in said offices during good 
behavior." After attending and never missing 148 
Town Meetings and 69 elections and signing 
countless birth, death, and marriage certificates, 
and being an active member of numerous 
committees, Mary decided it was time to relax 
and enjoy her beloved Red Sox. We miss her 
humor and her company. 

Another faithful employee Sandra (Sandy) A. 
Kilburn, also retired on September 15th. After 
beginning as a part-time employee in 1973, in the 
Town Clerk's office, she moved up to full-time 
and eventually became the Departmental 
Assistant for the Registrars Department. She 
worked hand in hand with the Town Clerk's 
Office providing and updating information 
regarding census, voter registration and elections. 
She too is missed. 

Due to budget constraints and employee 
reductions, it was decided to merge the Registrar's 
Department into the Town Clerk's Office. Now all 
personnel work together serving the public and 
maintaining all the records for both offices. 





Voting Strength as of December 31, 


2002 Enrolled Voters 






Precincts 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


TOTAL 


Democrats 


541 


542 


513 


535 


524 


577 


544 


603 


527 


4906 


Republicans 


344 


249 


250 


294 


339 


360 


375 


366 


387 


2964 


Unenrolled 


1220 


1022 


1282 


1162 


1320 


1364 


1488 


1258 


1410 


11526 


Libertarian 


5 


12 


9 


14 


14 


10 


5 


11 


12 


92 


Inter. 3rd Party 


1 








2 


2 


2 


1 


3 





11 


Reform 





1 

















2 


1 


4 


Rainbow Coalition 


1 




















2 





3 


Socialist 


























1 


1 


Greenparty USA 





3 























3 


Mass Green Party 


2 





1 


3 


1 


2 


2 


2 


1 


14 


TOTAL 


2114 


1829 


2055 


2010 


2200 


2315 


2415 


2247 


2339 


19524 



Andrew Sheehan, 



CommunityDeveopment Coordinator 



Planning & 
Development 



Planning Board 

The Planning Board is responsible for 
insuring that the development of land in 
Chelmsford meets the criteria set forth 
in state and local land use regulations. 
The process involves the review of lot 
divisions, definitive and preliminary 
subdivisions, site plans, and special 
permits. The Planning Board strives to 
maintain the character of Chelmsford 
and enforce the provisions of the 1997 
Master Plan. 

Despite the economic slowdown, the 
Planning Board had a busy year 
reviewing development projects. The 
Board reviewed four significant 
commercial and industrial 

developments totaling over 100,000 
square feet of floor space; approved 9 
smaller Site Plans; approved 4 Minor 
Site Plans; approved 12 Approval Not 
Required plans; approved 6 Definitive 
Subdivisions creating 14 lots; approved one paper 
street construction project; and reviewed 1 
Preliminary Subdivision. 

The Board welcomed Bob Joyce as a member in 
April 2003 and Michael Pacitto as an alternate 
member in July 2002, and said goodbye to John 
Goffin. The staff that supports the Board also 
underwent changes this year. Community 
Development Clerk Kit Bianchi left to become the 
Assistant Assessor and was replaced by Diane 
Darling. 

Board of Appeals 

The Board of Appeals hears petitions for 
Variances, Special Permits, Comprehensive 
Permits, and appeals of the Building Inspector's 
rulings. The Board remained busy in FY2003, 
granting 27 Variances and 9 Special Permits; 
denying 6 Variances and 1 Special Permit; and 
upholding the Building Inspector once. 

Comprehensive Permit applications kept the 
Board busy. Although none were approved during 
the fiscal year, the Board monitored the progress 
of one Comprehensive Permit project under 
construction; two that were approved and 




Planning Board, Seated left to right: Christopher Garrahan, Pamela 
Armstrong, Vice-Chairman, Susan Carter, Chairman 
Standing left to right: Charles Wojtas, Clerk, Robert Joyce, James Good, 
Michael Pacitto (Alternate). 



appealed to the courts; and opened hearings on 2 
other Comprehensive Permit projects. The Town's 
percentage of affordable housing units remained 
at 4.81%. 

Conservation Commission 

In 2003 Trillium Levine replaced Lynne Davis as 
Conservation Officer. 

The Commission continued to make 
improvements to its reservations, town forests, 
and conservation lands. The Commission 
approved a limited timber harvest and sale at 
Thanksgiving Forest in the fall of 2002. The 
Commission continued a dialogue with the 
Carlisle Conservation Commission to try to better 
manage the Cranberry Bog Reservation that 
straddles the common border. The Commission 
continues to monitor the widening of Route 3 and 
the townwide sewer project. Red Wing Farm on 
Maple Road was acquired for conservation 
purposes using state open space acquisition funds 
that the Town received as compensation for the 
Route 3 widening project. Graduate students 
from the Conway School of Landscape Design 
completed a master plan for Red Wing Farm in 
the spring of 2003. Landscaping and initial 
construction activities aimed at refurbishing the 
site are set to begin in the fall of 2003. Finally, 

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Planning & 

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evelopment 



graduate students from the Conway School 
completed an update to the Town's Open Space 
and Recreation Plan in the spring of 2003. 

As has been the case for several decades, the 
majority of the Conservation Commission's time 
was devoted to wetlands protection. The 
Commission reviewed a total of 56 permit 



applications under the Massachusetts Wetlands 
Protection Act and Chelmsford Wetlands Bylaw. 
Of these applications, 17 were Notices of Intent, 
37 were Requests for Determination of 
Applicability, and two were Abbreviated Notices 
of Resource Area Delineation. 



Wetlands permit applications for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003: 



Requests for Determination 
Notices of Intent 
Abbreviated Notices 

Total 



2002 

42 

26 

1 



2003 
37 
17 
2 



69 



56 



Historic District Commission 

The Historic District Commission functions as a regulatory commission for the benefit of the Town. A small 
area of the Town's center section is under the Commission's authority. The objective of the Historic District 
Commission is to provide an expeditious application and review relative to the physical modifications to the 
residences and businesses within the District. Regular meetings are held on the first Monday of each month 
at the Town Offices. 

During fiscal year 2003, the Commission received 23 applications for review and 23 applications were 
accepted. Three public hearings were held and twenty public hearings were waived. Five Certificates of 
Appropriateness, 16 Certificates of Non- Applicability and two Certificates of Hardship were issued. 




Board of Appeals, 
Seated left to right: 

Gustave Fallgren, 
Harold Organ, Chairman, 
Eileen Duffy. 
Standing left to right: 
William Gilet, Ronald Pare, 
John Coppinger, 
Vice-Chairman. 




ucation 



Richard H. Moser, Ph.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 

Chelmsford Public Schools 

The membership of the Chelmsford School Committee at the end of the 2002 calendar year included Mrs. 
Evelyn Thoren, Chair; Mrs. Sheila Pichette, Vice Chair; Mr. Angie Taranto, Secretary; Mrs. Cheryl Perkins, 
Member at Large; Mr. Jim Trager Member at Large; and Kimberly Ang, Student Representative. Central 
administration for the Chelmsford School Department included Dr. Richard Moser, Superintendent of 
Schools; Dr. Karen Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. Robert 
Cruickshank, Business Manager; Mrs. Dory Toppan, Director of Personnel; and Mr. Bruce Forster, Director 
of Educational Technology and Information Services. 

The most salient issue of importance to the future of the Chelmsford Schools during 2002 was our focus on 
secondary school facilities. There were two votes of the community to approve a facilities improvement 
project for our secondary schools. The first vote included the construction of a new McCarthy Middle 
School, and renovation/additions at Parker Middle School and Chelmsford High School. The vote failed by a 
small margin and was followed by a second vote for a new McCarthy Middle School and 
renovation/additions at Chelmsford High School. The second vote also failed by a larger margin than the first 
vote. 

The Chelmsford School Committee proposed the formation of a follow-up committee to continue the 
facilities initiative. The follow-up committee would consist of six members: superintendent of schools, town 
manager, two members of the Chelmsford Board of Selectmen and two members of the Chelmsford School 
Committee. The purpose of the committee is to recommend our next steps for facility improvements K - 12. 

A second issue which continues to be important to the future of the Chelmsford Public Schools is our 
increasing enrollment. Below is a chart detailing our actual K - 12 enrollment for FY 02 and projected 
enrollments for FY 03 and FY 04. 



SCHOOL 


FY 02 


FY 03 


FY 04 


ELEMENTARY 


2,196 


2,216 


2,238 


MIDDLE 


1,789 


1,792 


1,790 


HIGH SCHOOL 
TOTAL 


1,662 


1,707 


1,755 


5,647 


5,715 


5,783 



A final issue worthy of attention includes the status of our current and future budgets. Our current budget for 
the 2002-03 school year is $41,002,277. It is anticipated that our budget for next year will be $40,450,000. 
This represents a substantive reduction in financial resources to support our current staff and programs. The 
Chelmsford School Department will be planning for these reductions and restructuring current programs for 
the 2003-04 school year. 

The Chelmsford School Committee continues to commit to the mission of our school system for all 
students... "to cultivate the development of students into self-confident, lifelong learners and responsible 
citizens who possess personal integrity and the ability to succeed in a global society." The Committee 
welcomes input from our community on school programs and looks forward to a positive end to the 2002-03 
school year. 



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Education 



Judith L. Klimkiewicz, 
NASHOBA Superintendent 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School 

MCAS INTENSIVE PROGRAMS 

Nashoba has had an MCAS Summer Program for 
the last three years for incoming students and 
current students free of charge. 

MCAS Academies in English and Math are 
provided for freshmen and sophomores during the 
school day. Academic Success Center is an after 
school program for ninth through eleventh grade 
students focusing on individualized assistance in 
areas of weakness. Individual Student Success 
Plan assigns students with a mentor who will 
identify areas of weakness and work with 
Academy Teachers, Success Center Tutors, and 
the student's regular academic teachers to help the 
student improve on these targeted areas. Eleventh 
Grade Academies allows any student needing to 
retake the test the opportunity to attend English 
and Math Academy. 

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 

College preparatory courses are available in all 
core subjects. Foreign language is offered all four 
years for interested students. Juniors who are 
eligible may elect to enter the Dual Enrollment 
Program and take their junior and senior year at a 
community or state college facility in 
Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Upon 
completion, they receive their high school 
diploma from Nashoba and one or two years of 
credit from the college. 



STUDENT A CTIVITIES 

Nashoba sponsors an extensive program in intra- 
scholastic sports including varsity teams in ten 
sports with equal opportunities for male and 
female students. Other activities include Student 
Council, National Honor Society, Yearbook, 
Students Against Destructive Decisions, Skills 
USA, Student Leadership, peer mediation, and 
many special interest clubs. Nashoba sports 
programs have no user fees. 

Continuing & Community Education 
Approximately fifteen hundred adults attend this 
evening program each school year. 

The Kids Career Exploration Program 
A free program for four afternoons from 3-6 PM 
offering students in grades five, six, and seven an 
opportunity to explore career opportunities. 
Programs are subject to change from year to year. 

Summer Programs 

Nashoba Valley's Allsters Summer Program is 
offered to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in the area. 
Students enjoy outdoor adventures, sports 
programs, computer applications & graphics, and 
academic enrichment. 

Community Service Projects 
Nashoba is unique in its construction programs. 
Students go out to district towns to work on 
community service projects. Rather than building 
one house a year, the students perform needed 
projects for the district towns. This program 
educates students in a real world setting and 
allows the towns the benefit of viewing Nashoba 
students as well as having a project completed for 
the cost of materials. 



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Department 




Raymond G. McCusker 
Police Chief 

I herein respectfully submit for your 
information and review the Annual 
Report of the Police Department. At 
the present time, the Department is 
made up of 55 permanent Officers. 

NEW POLICE FACILITY 

After many years of trials and 

tribulations the new police facility was 

officially opened on April 22, 2003. A 

dedication ceremony was held on May 

18, 2003 and the town was honored by 

the presence of five Constables from 

Chelmsford, England. State and Local 

Dignitaries also attended the 

celebration. Our new 25,000 square foot main facility is state of the art with training rooms, interview rooms, 

fitness center, and adequate locker space and office space to expand the force by 50% should the need ever 

arise. 

I would like to thank the members of our building committee for their support and efforts, specifically Town 
Manager Bernie Lynch, Selectman Philip Eliopoulos, Retired Chief Armand Caron and Lieutenant James 
Murphy. I would also like to thank the Board of Selectmen, all Town Officials and Town Meeting 
Representatives. A special thanks to the Chelmsford Police Foundation for their financial support of our 
special projects outside of our building budget. 

This is a facility that the townspeople can be proud 
of and one that will serve the town for the 
foreseeable future. 

ACHIEVEMENTS 

■ Completed installation of an Automated 
Emergency Telephone Notification 
System 

■ Established a telephone TIP line of 
978-244-TELL 

■ Grants received: 
State Community 

Policing Grant $32,000 

State Public Safety Equipment 

Grant Program $44,500 

State DARE Grant $13,000 

State Highway Safety 

Grant Program $ 9,600 

RETIREMENTS 

The five police officers who retired were: Officer 
William F. Walsh, Officer Richard A. Adams, 
Sergeant Timothy F. O'Connor, Jr., Officer Ernest 
E. Woessner, Jr., and Sergeant Robert M. Burns. 

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MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS 


Calls Answered by Cruisers 


22,014 


Summons Served 


246 


Accidents Reported 


1,351 


Fatal Accidents 


1 


Personal Injury Accidents 


197 


Mileage of Cruisers 


433,000 


Station Lockups 


560 


Citations Issued 


3,786 


Parking Violations Issued 


266 


Restraining Orders Served 


82 


Protective Custody 


53 


Alarm Calls Responded to by Cruisers 


1,923 


Medical Calls 


1,904 


Suspicious Activity Calls 


1,272 


Disturbance Calls 


652 


Domestic Calls 


342 


O.U.I 


70 



Department 



John E. Parow 
Fire Chief 

This proved to be another very busy year for the Chelmsford Fire Department. Total emergency calls for the 
year were 4,571. Medical emergency calls accounted for over half the calls at 2,318. Actual fire calls were 
down over this period, however, we had some of the largest building fires in the department history including 
a six (6) alarm fire at the Carriage House Apartments and a four (4) alarm fire at Laughton's Nursery. 

Over the past year the department suffered two great losses. The retirement of eleven (11) firefighters with 
a combined career experience of over 285 years and a reduction in manpower to the department of seven 
firefighter positions. In addition to the above, one firefighter was activated by the military and has yet to be 
released for return to work. 

The eleven (11) firefighters that retired were: Captain Walter Adley, Captain Michael Burke, Firefighter 
David Campbell, Firefighter James Curran, Firefighter William Curran, Firefighter William Dalton, 
Firefighter William Jamer, Firefighter Ray Kydd, Firefighter Edward Nolet, Firefighter Daniel Reid, 
Firefighter James Reid, we wish them a long and enjoyable retirement. Firefighter Robert Tello was 
activated by the Air Force and we hope for his safe return. 

Out of the eleven retirements we were able to hire four new recruits. They are Michael Chiasson, Casey 
Phelan, Michael Maher and Michael Nelson. All four have graduated from the 1 1 week Massachusetts Fire 
Academy Recruit Training class and hopefully will enjoy a long and fulfilling career with the department. 

The new Quint "firefighting" apparatus was put into service this past year and will offer the department 
greater versatility at all emergency scenes. In addition, initial plans are underway to replace the fifty year old 
Center Fire Station and consolidate three of the five current stations into one station to improve efficiency 
and effectiveness. 

I would like to thank all members of the department, my staff, the Town Manager, and the Board of 
Selectmen for their support over the past year. 



■ 

MSFORD FI.R£ D 




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Department 



Anthony F. Zagzoug, 
Inspector of Buildings 

The Inspections Department has been very active this year enforcing state building codes and local zoning 
regulations. Several large projects were started in town this year including the 144-unit multifamily site at 
225 Littleton Road and the 51 -unit elderly housing site on Sheila Ave. 

The following is a breakdown of permits issued this year: 



New construction permits in 2002 





Single Family Dwellings: 


28 








Two Family Dwellings: 


1 








Multifamily Dwellings: 


5 (210 units total) 








Institutional: 


1 








Municipal: 


1 








Commercial: 


1 






Type 


of Permit Number of Permits Issued 


Fees 




Building 


848 


$644,656.00 


Wiring 


871 


$ 68,110.00 


Plumbing & Gas 


1217 


$ 58,224.00 




TOTAL: 


2936 


$770,990.00 



In addition to the fees above, the total fees collected for sign permits, yard sales, and Certificates of 
Inspection amounted to $1 1,186.00. 

I would especially like to thank part-time Local Inspector Joseph Shaw for his service to our department. Joe 
has chosen to retire after ten dedicated years, and his expertise will be missed. We welcome Scott Hammond 
as the new part-time Local Inspector. I would also like to thank the personnel of other Town Departments for 
their cooperation, support, and assistance throughout the year. 



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Works 




James E. Pearson, PE 

Public Works Director & Town Engineer 

The Department of Public Works, created in 1989 
by the Town Charter is comprised of Divisions 
including the highway, engineering, recreation, 
public buildings, parks, public shade trees and the 
operation of the sanitary sewer system. 

Engineering Division 

The Engineering Division provides technical 
support to many Town Boards including 
Planning Board, Conservation Commission, 
Town Manager, Board of Selectmen, Assessors, 
Town Clerk and Sewer Commission. 
Additionally the engineers design several 
projects for the Highway Division to construct 
such as sidewalk improvements, drainage repair, 
upgrades and Parks improvements. 

This year's reviews for the Planning Board 
included 17 Site Plans, 2 minor Site Plans, 4 
subdivision plans, and many Approval Not 
Required plans. Also, all projects involving site 
plans were inspected for compliance with the 
approved plans. 

Engineers provided layout, grades, technical 
assistance, and inspections for the following 
projects: 

■ Sidewalk construction on Middlesex Street 

■ Sidewalk construction on Graniteville Road 

■ Multiple drainage improvements 

■ Review of the site plans for the Board of 
Appeals for Affordable Housing 

■ Performed construction administration at 
East Field 

■ Assisted with project management of the 
Central Square safety improvements 

The office staff processes all expenditures and 
payroll for the Engineering, Sewer, Public 
Buildings and Parks Divisions. 

Public Buildings 

The Public Buildings Division maintains all 
municipal public buildings in town, performs the 
everyday custodial duties as well as the updating of 
buildings to meet the ever-changing needs. This 
division accommodates Board of Selectmen 
meetings, various town committees, commissions 
and multiple group meetings ensuring no conflicts 
with dates, times and meeting rooms. Other duties 



include furniture repair, mechanical repair, repair 
of ceilings, walls, woodwork and painting, general 
"handy work" around the various buildings and 
perform snow removal during the winter months. 

This year's special projects: 

■ Painted Old Town Hall auditorium walls 

■ Assisted Parks Division with Country Club 
pro shop renovations 

■ Completed air-conditioning of the Old Town 
Hall auditorium 

■ Re-roofed the final flat section of the Town 
Offices 

The Public Building staff is also involved in 
numerous projects throughout the year. These 
include Winterfest, Student Government Day; 
recycle drop-off, annual Friends-of-the-Library 
book sale and the Fourth of July celebration. 

Parks Division 

The Parks Division maintains all parks, traffic 
islands, ballfields, playgrounds and commons in 
town. The grounds are groomed each spring and 
prepared for the heavy use each area receives 
during the year. This Division also prepares the 
Town Common for the annual Fourth of July 
celebration as well as the cleanup and restoration 
of damaged areas resulting from an abundance of 
activities throughout the year. Projects this year 
included: 

■ Varney Field tennis courts resurfacing 

■ New roof on Southwell Field snack shack 

■ Refurbished lower level of the Country Club 
with renovated bathrooms and sales/service 
area 

■ Replaced shrubs on the Common and 
performed major maintenance and root-care 
to the Purple Beech tree 

The Division would like to thanks many volunteer 
groups and individuals for their time, donations 
and help. Also, thanks to all that participated in the 
Adopt-a-Park program this year. 



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Sewer Division 

The Sewer Division continued to expand this year 
with the addition of approximately 600 new sewer 
connections, bringing the total of on-line sewer 
users to 8433. Major work items this year include: 

■ Valve replacement at Southwell and Katrina 
pump stations 

■ Pump overhauls at Southwell and Katrina 
pump stations 

■ Started installation of SCADA system for 
improved remote monitoring and operation 
of pump stations 

The office staff handles all sewer betterments, 
sewer billing, phone inquiries, complaints and 
other related correspondence. They also perform 
clerical work for the Chelmsford Sewer 
Commission. 

Highway Division 

The Highway Division maintains and improves all 
the streets, culverts, catch basins and manholes, 
street signs, traffic signs and traffic signals for 
approximately 230 miles of roadway. 
Additionally, the Highway Division clears the 
streets and public lots of snow and ice, which this 
past winter totaled approximately 97 inches and 
assists the other departments with the division's 
equipment and expertise of the crew. The office 
maintains all financial records needed for the 
reporting, tracking, payments of all vouchers 
connected with the highway budgets - including 
General Expenses, Salaries, Snow and Ice, 
Massachusetts Chapter 90 Funding (road 
reconstruction or repair), Street Lighting and 
Capital Expenditures. 

The Division installed 58 catch basins and 
approximately 3,410 ft. of drainage pipe along with 
7, 420 ft. of sidewalk on Graniteville Road. Also 
10 catch basins, 300 ft. of pipe and 2,450 ft. of 
sidewalk on School Street were installed. A new 
subdrain of approximately 2,000 LF was installed 
on Brentwood along with 250 ft. of pipe on 
Thomas Drive. A new retaining wall was built at 
Stony Brook and culverts were installed on 
Crooked Spring Road along with 400 ft. of pipe on 
Old Westford Road. The culvert across Boston 
Road at Hall Road was also extended. 

In addition to the above a total of 60 additional 
catch basins were repaired on various streets 
throughout the town. Also, all the drains in the 



newly-sewered areas were reconstructed prior to 
the pavement overlay by the Sewer Commission. 
This included Garland, Locke, Davis, Old 
Westford and Brentwood Road. 

The Highway Division assisted with the drainage at 
the East School Ball Field. 

Sewer Commission 

John P. Emerson, Chairman 

Site restoration was completed this year in both 
Phases 4B (Crooked Spring Road Lateral Sewer 
Project) and 4C (Dennison Road/Locke Road Area 
lateral Sewer Project). Pipeline installation and 
paving continues in Phase 4D (Berkeley Drive 
Area Lateral Sewer Project). 

The next phase (4E) is made up of two contracts, 
Livery Road Area and Chestnut Hill Road Area. 
Livery Road Area Lateral Sewers was bid this 
spring; pipeline installation is underway. Livery 
Road Area is on schedule to be complete in the 
summer of 2004. Design is nearing completion for 
the Chestnut Hill Road Area with construction 
anticipated to commence in the spring of 2004. 

In August, the Chelmsford Sewer Commission 
(CSC) submitted a Project Evaluation Form to the 
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to 
compete for a place on the DEP's Final Calendar 
Year 2004 Intended Use Plan (IUP). The IUP is a 
priority-ranking list that DEP uses to assess which 
Clean Water projects will receive State Revolving 
Fund (SRF) loans. In 2002 and 2003, Phases 4D 
and 4E were placed on the IUP. This summer's 
submission is the CSC's attempt to secure a SRF 
loan for Phases 4F (High Street/Hunt Road Area 
Lateral Sewer Project) and 4G (Robin Hill 
Road/Burning Tree Lane Area Lateral Sewer 
Project). Phase 4F design is underway. The CSC 
will continue to submit applications and design 
schedules to maintain eligibility for the SRF loan 
program. 

The CSC would like to acknowledge our 
administrative staff, Jacqueline Sheehy, Amy 
Baron and Heather Callery, for their hard work, 
professionalism and patience. They are the 
individuals who interface with the public on a daily 
basis, and their multifaceted duties are shared by 
the Sewer Division of the Department of Public 
Works. 



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Works 



Recycling Committee 

The Town of Chelmsford contracted for the 
following services for residents, funded by taxes: 
weekly collection of solid waste, biweekly 
collection of recyclables, eight curbside leaf 
collections, and year round composting at 
Laughton's Nursery in Westford. The Town 
disposed of 15661tons of solid waste, and recycled 
2430.6 tons of paper, 824.65 tons of commingled 
cans and bottles, and 107.03 tons of cardboard. 
The Town fulfilled the requirements for the 
Massachusetts Municipal Recycling Incentive 
Program last fall, which provided an incentive 
payment based on the amount of recyclables 
collected in our curbside program. Unfortunately 
the Massachusetts Municipal Recycling Incentive 
program has been discontinued as of January 2003 
due to state budget cuts. 

The Chelmsford Recycling Committee held two 
brush drop-offs at Community Tree. The CRC also 
held two recycling drop-offs for metal (41 tons 
recycled), tires (1341 tires recycled), furniture and 
household goods (which were donated to the 
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless), 
clothing (which was donated to Goodwill 
Industries), electronics (51 tons collected). The 
CRC held the annual Town-Wide Litter Clean Up 
on May 3. 380 volunteers picked up litter from 
conservation land, schoolyards, road shoulders, and 
illegal dumpsites, and gathered afterwards for a 
picnic at the Elks Lodge. 

The Town of Chelmsford sold composting bins as 
part of a state recycling grant to help reduce waste. 
The town also has an ongoing mercury drop-off for 
thermometers, florescent light bulbs, switches and 
other mercury containing items at the Chelmsford 
High School's mercury waste shed (first Wed of 
each month April-November). The annual 
recycling and trash flyer was produced and mailed 
to all residents. This flyer included the recycling 
schedule, and detailed the proper methods, timing 
and places for disposal of various types of 
recyclable material and solid waste. This type of 
information was also prepared for inclusion in the 
Community Newsletter and the "Chelmsford 
Recycles" web page at 

www.TownofChelmsford.us 



Cemetery Commission 

The Cemetery Commission is pleased to report the 
following highlights and accomplishments for 
fiscal year 2002-2003 to the citizens of 
Chelmsford. 

At Riverside Cemetery, a hazardous tree removal 
project funded through the Community 
Preservation Act was completed during the Spring. 
Twelve diseased trees that had been designated as 
"high-risk" by an arborist were removed. New 
trees will be replanted in selected locations. Future 
monument and granite curb lot restoration work is 
also being planned for Riverside Cemetery which 
was established in 1 841 . 

At Forefathers Burying Ground, the grant funded 
restoration project concluded in June. This project 
involved the reconstruction of two above-ground 
tombs as well as the rebuilding of a 120 ft. 
fieldstone retaining wall in the Historical Section. 
Nearly ninety 18th and 19th century slate 
gravestones were cleaned, reset, and repaired by 
Fannin-Lehner Preservation Consultants of 
Concord, MA. Their efforts will help preserve this 
historic treasure for future generations. 

A new 1500 sq. ft. garage building is being planned 
for future construction at Pine Ridge Cemetery as a 
Nashoba Valley Technical High School (NVTHS) 
community service project. When completed, the 
garage will provide much needed storage space for 
maintenance equipment and vehicles. The present 
day garage and office facility was last expanded 
during the 1960's. Construction is tentatively 
scheduled to commence during Fall, 2003. 
Donated student labor is expected to result in 
significant savings over traditional construction 
costs. The Commission would like to thank 
Bernard Lynch, Town Manager and Nashoba 
officials for their assistance in approving this 
project. 

There were 163 interments during the year 
including 37 cremation interments which 
accounted for 23% of total interments. In addition, 
there were 72 cemetery lots sold during the year. 
Thirty residents participated in the Prepaid 
Interment Fee Program. The Cemetery 

Commission commends our staff for their daily 
efforts to keep Chelmsford's six public cemeteries 
well-maintained and attractive burial places. 

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Services 



Martin Walsh 

Director of Human Services & Veterans Agent 

Council on Aging /Senior Center 

The greatest challenge over this past year was 
keeping our staff and programs intact so that 
needed services could be maintained. All total, 
the cumulative cost for operating your senior 
Center approaches $750,000 annually. Beside the 
significant contribution of the Town, there is 
Federal and State funding, program income, 
transportation subsidies, and the ongoing and 
generous support from the "Friends" of the Senior 
Center. This year, as a result of all our political 
activity and advocacy, programs will be level 
funded through the forthcoming year. Not bad 
though considering these difficult times, and a 
"breather" with optimistic hope that next year's 
financial situation will reflect a brighter 
tomorrow. Certainly the challenges of providing 
service to those in need will not diminish. The 
following program statistics give partial testimony 
to our efforts over the past year: 

■ 270 active volunteers contributed over 42,000 
hours of Community service, a value over 
$300,00 to the Center's operation 

■ Held a "Recognition Dinner" funded by the 
"Friends of the Senior Center" to honor the 
significant contribution of all volunteers 

■ Council on Aging members became 
aggressive and vocal advocates in support of 
State and Federal funding 

■ "Friends of the Senior Center" contributed 
close to $100,000 towards the Center's 
operation. Also reached our to the business 
community seeking their support 

■ Received a defibrillator from Trinity 
Ambulance, Inc. as a donation with the 




perceived belief that it will have a life saving 
value for our agency 

Veterans History Project - assisted veterans 
from WWII and the Korean War in taping 
their personal experiences which will be 
housed in the Library of Congress 



In October of 2003 the Chelmsford Senior Center 
will be celebrating its 14th anniversary. At a 
construction cost of close to $2 million in 1989, 
the investment by this Town has yielded 
enormous benefit for the total Community as well. 
Some examples are: town meetings, public 
forums, Chowderfest, blood drives, flu clinics, 
community functions. It has stood as a focal point 
of Community pride for all these years and this 
tradition will be reverently maintained. It is the 
commitment of staff, the support and direction of 
the Council on Aging, its work and assistance of 
the "Friends" and it is you, the residents of 
Chelmsford, who give us your financial support, 
dedication and involvement. It is a good 
relationship; one where the total is the sum of the 
parts. Thanks. 



Adult Social Day Program 


46 participants, 2580 client days of service 


Congregate Lunch 


36,764 - Average daily: 149 


Health Benefits Counseling 


426 seniors benefited from SHINE and Senior Prescription Advantage 
Programs 


Meals on Wheels 


20,104 meals which assisted 131 of our homebound elders 


Outreach 


Continued to assist our residents over 70 with Professional direction 
and supportive services 


Respite/Companion Care 


79 elders - 1 8,345 Provider hours (shared cost with Westford - 25%) 


Transportation - Local 


5,871 trips -196 elders 


Trips - Recreation 


41 -Average passengers: 46 



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Veterans Services 

Regina B. Jackson, Assistant Veterans Agent 



The Chelmsford Veterans' Services Office provides short-term financial assistance to eligible veterans and 
their families as mandated by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115. We can assist eligible, needy 
veterans with a monthly allowable grant and some medical coverage. The amount of assistance depends on 
the budget standards set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services. The State 
will reimburse Chelmsford for 



75% of authorized benefits paid. 

In FY2003 we averaged $3,444.00 
per month in benefits paid out. We 
have about 6 active State cases. 
Our reimbursement from the State 
is paid quarterly and runs 
approximately 10 months behind 
the authorizations. We also 
process State Annuities for 100% 
disabled veterans and State 
Annuities for certain eligible 
widows. We have about 37 
ongoing Federal VA cases. These 
are disability claims, pension 



Veterans' Emergency Fund 
Treasurer's ReDort to the Board of Selectmen 



Balance as of January 1, 2002 
Add Receipts: 

The MassBank for Savings: Interest 
Balance on Hand as of June 30, 2003 

Assets 

MassBank for Savings, Regular Savings Account 

Liabilities: 

Total Liabilities: None 

Total Assets, Less Liabilities 



$24,915.01 

310.79 

$25,225.80 



$25,225.80 



$25,225.80 



Submitted by Alfred H. Coburn. Chairman 



claims, appeals on denial of claims, VA medical enrollments and veterans requests for other VA and /or 
Federal services. In conjunction with the Senior Center, we were able to have @ 10 veterans of WWII and 
Korean War tell their stories as part of the Victory Project. Also, in conjunction with the Senior Center and 
the Historic Commission we had a presentation on the Chelmsford Memorials and Monuments. 

Our office is located in the Community Center (Old Town Hall) in Chelmsford Center. This office is open 
M/W/F 8:30 - 4:00 and Monday or Wednesday evening 7-9. Our phone number is #250-5238. If you need 
help when the office is closed call Marty Walsh at the Senior Center #251-8692. If you are unable to visit our 
office and need a home visit, please call and we will be happy to schedule a convenient time. Thank you. 

Chelmsford Housing Authority 
Denise Marcaurelle, Chairman 

Great progress has been made over the past year in creating new housing opportunities for families, seniors 
and the disabled. The Authority received over $2.5 million for over 100 new vouchers to assist people 
through the use of a Section 8 Voucher. These vouchers will be used in conjunction with some of the new 
developments planned in Chelmsford such as the Kensington of Chelmsford. This increase in assistance will 
begin the process of meeting the needs of the community. 

Currently, the waiting period for state aided elderly/disabled housing is as follows: Local/Veterans 6 months 
to a year, Local Residents 2 to 4 years, Non-residents 1 years or more. The Section 8 Program continues to 
assist over 430 families/elderly/disabled in the area with rental assistance to live in a private apartment. Our 
Family Self Sufficiency Program is helping over 30 families improve their education and skills with the 
hopes of moving them towards homeownership. 

The Chelmsford Housing Authority programs as of June 30, 2003 provided a total of 197 units of low-income 
public housing and 433 Section 8 Vouchers. In addition, the Authority serves as the Management Agent to 
the Town for monitoring the Affordable Homeownership Units located in Chelmsford. 



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f 1 <*** ft ^1S 

Library 



Becky Legros Herrmann 
Library Director 

Fiscal Year 2003 was a busy and productive year. 
Town residents continue to enjoy the library and 
its services, increasing our circulation numbers 
and boosting our attendance at our programs and 
activities. We added 1,612 town residents to our 
database as they received new library cards. We 
unveiled several updates to our technology at an 
open house that featured our redesigned web page 
(www.chelmsfordlibrary.org) — our listeners' 
advisory stations (music kiosks that allow you to 
listen to songs from our CD collection) — a 
readers' advisory station (a central spot to search 
databases and websites that recommend good 
books) — and a new version of our card catalog 
that uses more graphics and has book reviews and 
summaries. We also wired our tables and desks in 
the public areas so that patrons may bring their 
laptops into the library and plug into the Internet. 
Program highlights included Improv Theater 
performances by teens and pre-teens — kite design 
workshops and exhibits and a community kite fly 
— star parties — a visit by a past U.S. Poet 
Laureate — and a Friends of the Library Fund- 
raiser that had us "Dancin 1 in the Stacks" with 
local band Beantown. With the help of the Friends 
of the Library, we also re-modeled the Young 
Adult area to make it more welcoming to teens. 
Our Summer Reading programs at both the main 
library and MacKay were very successful and 
well attended. 

Circulation, Reference and Technology 

During FY03, residents borrowed 513,104 items 
including 45,424 inter-library loans. While our 
overall circulation has increased by 20,000 over 
last fiscal year, we had a slight dip in circulation 
for the MacKay Library due to the budget cuts 
that resulted in a reduction of hours at the Branch. 
The reference department recorded 18,223 
reference transactions including walk-ins, 
telephone and e-mail requests. 

Electronic resources continued to be well utilized 
with 15,772 database searches documented. In 
addition to offering electronic resources, we also 
offered 60 computer-training workshops for both 



groups and individuals. 215 patrons participated 
in these workshops. Workshop topics included: 
Connecting with Computers, our senior/teen 
program, How to use the Card Catalog, Database 
Searching, and Basic Internet Searching. 

Community Services - Kathy Cryan-Hicks, Head 
of Community Services, coordinated 344 
programs with an attendance of 5,134. Programs 
included poetry slams, writers' workshops, a job 
fair, Music on the Lawn, the First Sundays 
Classical series, author talks, a town kite fly, star 
parties, and a variety of other informational and 
recreational activities. Monthly art exhibits 
continue along with artisan displays co-sponsored 
by the Chelmsford Cultural Council. 

Children's Department -During FY03 the 
children's staff offered 284 programs that were 
attended by 5,419 library patrons. These included 
our annual Dr. Seuss birthday party and our very 
popular Teddy Bear Picnic. We had a "Star- 
Spangled Summer!" at the library as our summer 
reading program was well attended with 1680 
children participating in programs that included 
storytelling, musical performers, book discussions 
and crafts. 

Anna C. MacKay Memorial Library -The 
MacKay Library staff offered 88 programs 
including 31 multi-generational programs and 47 
children's programs for a total of 1073 
participants. 184 children participated in the 
summer reading program. The MacKay Library 
also saw physical improvements as new windows 
were installed and the exterior was re-painted. 
The upstairs bathrooms were painted and 
stenciled by local scout troops and the stucco on 
the library porch entrance was repaired as part of 
an Eagle Scout project. 



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Library 



The Friends of the Library continue to enhance the library by supplementing the budget in ways that help 
make the library special. During FY03, funds were spent on programs, equipment and furnishings. Examples 
of these include: furniture for the YA area, nursery rhyme carpets for the main library and MacKay, printers, 
music kiosks, museum passes, funding for the summer reading program performers, Music on the Lawn and 
artist's receptions, speakers and poets. There are over 1600 households that belong to the Friends and the 
library could not offer the many programs and services we do without the support of the Friends. In addition 
to money, many Friends offer their time. We currently have 168 volunteers who spend hours at the library 
shelving books, covering books, helping with mailings and programs and delivering materials to nursing 
homes. Their invaluable aid and enthusiasm make the library run more smoothly and the mundane tasks 
more enjoyable. 

Trustees 

In April 2002, Steve Mallette retired after a six-year stint on the library board. We gratefully acknowledge his 
hard work and his support during the building project and on the Capital Planning Committee. We will also 
miss his good sense of humor. The Library also welcomed aboard new trustee Bob Sullebarger. 




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Department 



Richard J. Day 
Health Director 

Septaee and Wastewater Abatement Program 

In 2003 the Septage and Wastewater Abatement 
Program continued its efforts to clean up our 
waterways. The Board of Health, with the advent 
of a central sewer system in Chelmsford is now 
embarking on enforcement activities to insure 
compliance with local by-laws which will insure a 
safe water supply. Dye testing, water sampling 
and issuance of septic system permits will 
continue in all the non-sewered areas. 

Administration and Management 

Income for various services and permits was 
$26,965. During 2003 in addition to inspections 
of restaurants, septic systems, swimming pools 
and beaver complaints the department made 
inspections of day care centers, rental housing 
units, public schools, recreational camps, bathing 
beaches, International Certificates of Vaccination 
and all restaurants and retail food stores. 

Hazardous Waste and Industrial Wastewater 
Program 

Richard J. Day, Director of Public Health, was re- 
appointed Hazardous Waste Coordinator and 
Municipal Coordinator to enforce the "Right-To- 
Know law for Chelmsford. The Board of Health 
held two Household Hazardous Waste Collection 
Days this year which were held on May 3, 2003 
and November 2, 2002. This program has 
consistently collected significant volumes of 
hazardous waste. 

Title V 

The Board of Health is continuing to work on 
developing programs to control the effects of the 
new Title V regulation on the residents still on 
septic systems. 



West Nile Virus/Mosquito Surveillance Program 

The Board of Health office became the collection 
center for handling of dead birds for the West Nile 
Virus Surveillance Program. Thirty-nine dead 
birds were reported. Six birds were submitted for 
testing but only five were suitable to be tested. 
Two birds were found positive for West Nile 
Virus. The state limited the type and number of 
birds collected this year. 

Tobacco Control Program 
Mary Sullivan, Program Director 

The Tobacco Control Program, which is state 
grant-funded by the voter-approved cigarette 
excise tax appropriation and the Master 
Settlement Agreement appropriation, is striving to 
make a healthier community. 

Amendments were made to local tobacco control 
regulations this year that further protect the 
general public from secondhand smoke. 
Enforcement of regulations on the local level, as 
well as public media awareness campaigns on the 
local and regional level continue in the hopes of 
changing social norms relating to tobacco use. 
The Chelmsford Program Director also serves as 
facilitator for the regional social sources 
committee, and is a member of the UMASS 
Lowell's Northern Middlesex Tobacco-Free 
Network. The program ended in September 2003 
because of State budget cuts. 

Communicable Disease Program 

The testing of persons exposed to tuberculosis and 
those persons whose employment require 
certification of freedom from disease is another 
responsibility of the Public Health Nurse. One 
hundred thirteen Mantoux (TB) tests were given 
to persons as required for pre-employment, 
college and also to household contacts of active 
cases in compliance with the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health regulations. Home 



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Department 



visits and telephone calls are made to families of 
active and some inactive cases on a periodic basis 
to insure understanding of the illness and that 
adequate medical follow-up is achieved. Numerous 
medical records are kept and updated on residents 
who have a positive mantoux (TB) test and are 
receiving medication prophylactically and being 
followed radiologically at the Lowell Chest Clinic. 
When necessary, TB testing is done at places of 
business if employees are exposed to an active 
case of TB. 




BOARD OF HEALTH SERVICES 



Pneumococcal (Flu) Vaccine Recommendations 

• If you are 65 years of age or older and have never had this vaccine it is 
recommended by the Mass Department of Public Health Immunization Program 
that you receive this vaccine. The vaccine will be available at the Fall flu clinic 
that the Board of Health has at the Senior Center TBA. 

Blood Pressure Screening first Thursday of each month, 9AM to 12 noon. 
Immunizations by Appointment 

Measles / Mumps / Rubella (MMR) 
Polio 

Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) 
Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) 
Haemophilus Influenza B (HIB) 
Hepatitis A - Certain high risk groups (call for more info) 
Hepatitis B - Certain high risk groups (call for more info) 
Hepatitis B - 6th-8th grade students during school hours. 
(Parents notified of dates by mail) 
Hepatitis B - 9th- 12th grade students at BOH office. 
(Parents notified of dates by mail) 

All immunizations required by State regulations (children & adults) 
Flu/Pneumonia Clinic - Yearly 
Travel Immunizations - Hepatitis A & Gamma Globulin 
Other Services 

TB Testing 

Lead Paint Screening (Age 9 months to 6 years) 

Cholesterol Testing (3x per year - cost $10) Advertised in paper, Senior 

Messenger and local Cable TV 

Health Fair or Screenings (As advertised) 

Investigation and control of communicable disease within the town 

General Health Counseling and referral to other health professionals and 

community agencies 

Maintain and provide to the public the most current educational material available 

regarding various public health issues and illnesses 



Immunization Program 

The Board of Health 
sponsored three flu clinics 
this year: 1,320 flu 
vaccine doses were 
administered at clinics and 
112 persons were 
immunized with 

pneumonia vaccine. An 
additional 1,990 doses 
were dispensed to nursing 
homes and physicians' 
offices. Three visits were 
made to handicapped or 
house-bound residents. A 
combined total of 3,210 
flu doses were allocated to 
the Chelmsford Board of 
Health by the 

Massachusetts Department 
of Public Health. 

Two-hundred seventy-five 
immunizations were 

administered to adults and 
students in compliance 
with the Massachusetts 
Immunizations Laws and 
prophylactically to 

residents traveling to 
underdeveloped countries. 



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Hepatitis B Vaccine, school based program, was continued this year. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade 
immunizations were administered at school and ninth through twelfth grade were administered at the Board 
of Health office. A total of sixty-seven doses were administered. This also included the Charter School. 
Fifty-eight doses of the meningitis vaccine were administered to high school seniors entering college. 
Immunizations and other health services offered are listed on Town of Chelmsford web page. 

Hypertension Screening Prosram 

Blood pressure screenings for residents are held the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 12:00 at the 
Board of Health, Town Offices. Three-hundred forty-five residents attended the screenings. 

Lead Paint Screening Prosram 

The Board of Health offers lead paint testing for children between the ages nine months and six years. 
Residents may call the Board of Health at 250-5243 and make an appointment with the nurse. Seven children 
were screened for lead paint. 

Other screenings offered by the Board of Health will be advertised in advance in the newspaper. 

World AIDS Day December 1st 

AIDS cases are still on the increase in third world countries. AIDS flags were displayed in Chelmsford 
Center the end of November through early December. This serves as a reminder of those infected and 
affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Fourty-Six reports of the following diseases were completed during 
2003 for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: 



REPORTED CASES OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 


Campylobacter Enteritis 


4 Pertussis 


1 


Giardiasis 


2 Salmonella 


6 


Hepatitis B 


7 Shigella 


1 


Hepatitis C 


6 Strep A 


2 


Malaria 


1 Strep B 


2 


Lyme 


13 Strep Pneumonia 


1 



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reation 
epartment 

Holly Hamilton 
Recreation Director 

Meetings: First Monday of each month. 

The Recreation Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Town Manager. The primary 
reason of the commission is to support and make recommendations to continuously improve and expand the 
recreational opportunities offered to the Chelmsford community. 

The Recreation Department offered over 400 self-supporting programs throughout the year. Some of the 
successful programs organized in the year 2002 include day trips, ski programs, dance lessons, art lessons, 
science programs and much more. The Recreation Department will continue to develop programming in 
response to the growing and changing needs of all populations within the Town of Chelmsford. Recreation 
programs will be advertised in the Chelmsford Community Newsletter and on the town web page at 
www.TownofChelmsford.us. 

We are most thankful to all residents whose support, dedication and involvement contributed to the success of 
the 2002 Recreation Department program. 




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„, . s & 
Committees 



Arts & Technology Education Fund (ATEF) 
EDWARD MORASSI, Chairman 

The 1996 Spring Town Meeting approved an 
amendment to their General By-Laws be adding 
Section 13 to Article VII entitled Chelmsford Arts 
and Technology Education Funds (ATEF) through 
the combined efforts of Evelyn Thoren and 
George Ripsom. The purpose of this fund is to 
provide supplemental funding to support local 
educational initiatives and projects. Thanks to 
your generosity and support the ATEF has 
received well over $50,000 since its inception in 
November 1996. The committee is currently 
working on investment strategies and researching 
other financial resources in order to create a 
lasting fund and insure continued and consistent 
awards. The ATEF has developed a website that 
makes all our applications and information 
available at the Town of Chelmsford website. 

Chelmsford is the first town to have a By-Law in 
place that specifies the application process, 
committee make-up and limitations. The Spring 
2003 Applications and copies of the applications 
along with the By-Law were distributed in 
January 2003 to each school. The awards were 
distributed to Amy Acker at Westlands for 
Westlands On-Line Art Gallery, Peggy 
Pappafagos at Byam School for Home Reading 
Program, Susan Thompson-Francisco and Nancy 
VonderLinden at South Row for Making Writing 
Tasks More Accessible, Teresa Karangioze at 
Parker Middle School for Integrating Fine Arts 
with Computer Technology, Lisa Curran at 
McCarthy Middle School for Conversation 
Scrapbooks, Doug Greenfield and John King, 
Chelmsford High School: CAD Plotter and 
Accessories, Sarah Hardy and Cheryl Pulkowski, 
South Row: South Row Publishing Center, and 
Amy Heusinkveld, McCarthy Middle School: 
Science Observation Kits. The committee 
received completed applications by March 31, 
2003. Teachers and School Councils apply for 
these funds. Awards were announced at the Board 
of Selectmen's Meeting in June 2003. The next 
applications will be distributed in January 2004 
and the deadline for the next academic year is 
March 31, 2004. 

The concept of using tax check-offs for an 
alternative funding source for education was 



initiated by Arlington's veteran Town Treasurer, 
John Bilafer, under a Home Rule Petition over 
twelve years ago. Since this was accepted, over 
fifty towns in Massachusetts have adopted the 
statute Chapter 60. Chelmsford became involved 
in the process of adopting Chapter 60 through the 
efforts of Anthony Volpe, a past member of the 
Chelmsford School Committee. 

Chelmsford uses a separate tear-off sheet in the 
excise and real estate tax bills as the method to 
elicit voluntary contributions to enhance the 
education of Chelmsford Public School students. 
The collected money does not become part of the 
school budget. The Town Treasurer disperses the 
funds under the direction of the ATEF 
Committee. Information sheets are available in the 
Town Offices. 

The contributions that you give, have and will 
continue to make a difference in the education of 
our children . . . our future taxpayers. 

Celebrations Committee 
Walter R. Hedlund, Chairman 

The 2003 Annual Fourth of July Celebration for 
the 36th year was an outstanding success, with 
one of the largest parade, common activities, etc. 
Thanks to the Chelmsford Lions Club, 
Chelmsford Lodge of Elks No.2310, Chelmsford 
Art Society, Chelmsford Community Band and 
many other volunteer Chelmsford organizations. 

The assistance of the following departments is 
appreciated: Highway, Parks, Police, Fire, Town 
Manager, and the Board of Selectmen, and a 
special thanks to the Chelmsford Police Auxiliary 
and Explorers Troop. 

The Celebrations Committee is now planning for 
the 2004 Annual Fourth of July Celebration. 



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Boards & 
Committees 



Commission on Disabilities 
Leonard Olenchak, Chairman 

The Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities held 
ten meetings during the past year. Meetings are 
held in the Town offices on the third Tuesday of 
each month at 7:00 p.m. We may be contacted at 
978 250 9689 or through our e-mail address 
(seccodd@aol.com). "Access Issue Feedback" 
forms are available at the Town Offices, Senior 
Center, and both libraries. 

The Commission actively participated in a variety 
of programs: 

■ Awarded two scholarships in conjunction 
with SPEDPAC. 

■ Funded voice over program at Chelmsford 
Telemedia, allowing sight impaired citizens 
to audibly receive the listings on the 
Chelmsford Bulletin Board 

■ Donated $1,000 to the Chelmsford Police 
Department Defibrillator Fund 

■ Coordinated with Town officials to make all 
voting locations accessible 

Along with these accomplishments, we sustained 
our efforts to address buildings, grounds and 
parking access issues in town. It is our committed 
goal to seek all opportunities to make Chelmsford 
more handicap accessible for our disabled 
citizens. 

The members of the Commission wish to express 
their appreciation to Town Manager Bernard 
Lynch, Board of Selectmen Liaison Dr. Stuart 
Weisfeldt and many other Town officials and 
citizens who have supported our efforts this past 
year on behalf of our disabled community. 

Cultural Council 
Linda Carney, Chair 

The Chelmsford Cultural Council (CCC) is 
comprised of nine volunteers who are appointed 
by the Town Manager. They are: Linda Carney, 
Jeff Carney, Sandy DeVore, Judy Jumpp, Carol 
Kelly-Suleski, Karen McHenry, Anne-Marie 
Messier, Sheila Schultz and Carolyn Wiljanen. 



The CCC is a local agency of the Massachusetts 
Cultural Council and was established to carry out 
the mission of the state agency by supporting 
programs that promote access, education, 
diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities 
and interpretive sciences. The CCC allocates 
state funds for these disciplines through a local re- 
granting program. The programs the CCC 
chooses to fund help improve the quality of life 
for our residents and contribute to the economic 
vitality of our community. 

In 2002, the CCC awarded 14 grants totaling 
$ 1 1 ,000. This money is funding cultural and arts 
programs in our schools, libraries, churches, 
historical properties and the Community and 
Senior centers. In addition to re-granting state 
funds, the CCC continued its tradition of actively 
promoting the arts, humanities, and interpretive 
sciences in Chelmsford through the following 
events: 

■ In conjunction with the library's Creative 
Month, we hosted two creative recycled art 
workshops facilitated by the staff at the 
Revolving Museum of Lowell. 

■ At our Annual Photography Contest held 
during Winterfest we sponsored music by 
local students. 

■ Our popular Parker Middle School 
Photography Classes ran a second year in 
cooperation with the Art Club. 

■ At the Annual Town Tree Lighting, the CCC 
provided the music of Quintessential Brass. 

■ Monthly art, hobby and collection exhibits 
are displayed in the CCC case at the Adams 
Library. 

Historical Commission 
Linda Prescott, Chairman 

During the past year, the commission has 
continued with its ongoing projects. These 
projects include historic surveys of structures over 
100 years old and placing a marker on the 
structures identifying the age and original owner. 
The surveys include a site visit, footprint map, 
deed search and photos. Finished surveys are 



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placed on file here in Town and with the State 
historical commission. 

The Commission is also actively involved with 
historic preservation. The Commission continues 
to be an advocate for the ongoing North Town 
Hall and Middlesex Canal Projects, and is actively 
involved in the relocation of the Hill Jock House. 
A member of the Commission serves on the 
Community Preservation Committee, and is 
working on the Red Wing Farm Project. 

This Fall we will start to put our records on 
computer to ensure their survival for the future 
and for access on the Town web site. 

Any resident interested in history and historic 
preservation is invited to participate. Commission 
meetings are open to all and are generally held the 
second Tuesday of the month from September to 
June. 

Holiday Decorating Committee 
Linda Harrington, Chairman 

Departmental Mission Statement 
The Holiday Decorating Committee is a group of 
volunteers who arrange and implement the 
Holiday Lighting and Prelude Ceremony in 
Chelmsford Center the first Sunday in December. 
The committee, with the help of several interested 
individuals and groups, physically put up and take 
down all the lights on the shrubs and trees on the 
Chelmsford Common, the Old Town Hall and the 
Chelmsford Business District. In addition to the 
lighting, the committee also organizes musical 
talent who volunteer their time, arrange the hay 
rides, assist "Piney the Talking Tree" and "Santa" 
with more than 500 children who come to see 
them. 

Budget 

While the Town sanctions the Committee, we 
receive no funds and work from donations given 
to us by several groups and individuals. We are 
especially grateful this year to the Chelmsford 
Business Association, the Chelmsford Rotary 
Club, the Chelmsford Fire Union, the Chelmsford 



Police Union, the Lowell Five Cents Savings 
Bank and Sovereign Bank. 

Goals and Objectives 

Our goal for the year 2003 is to light up the entire 
Center once the Chelmsford Revitalization 
Committee completes their work. We thank the 
Police Department, Police Auxiliary, Fire 
Department and the Highway Departments for 
their continued help and cooperation which has 
made our event possible and a huge success. We 
feel fortunate to have so many residents support 
our efforts and thank all those who give so freely 
of their time and talents to make this once a year 
event possible. 

Finance Committee 
Samuel Chase, Chairman 

The Finance Committee is comprised of seven 
members who are appointed by the Town 
Moderator to three-year terms. The Committee is 
the arm of Town Meeting whose primary mission 
is to study and make recommendations on the 
town budget and warrant articles to be considered 
by the Town Meeting Representatives. 

There are two Town Meetings each year; the 
spring meeting commences on the last Monday in 
April and the fall meeting is held at the end of 
October. Prior to the Spring Town Meeting, the 
Town Manager presents his proposed budget and 
capital improvement program for the upcoming 
fiscal year to the Committee. 

Each Committee member acts as a liaison to one 
or more town departments and boards. 
Committee liaisons meet individually with 
department heads to review department budget 
requests. As individual reviews are completed, 
full Committee meetings are scheduled from 
December through April to hear, analyze and 
discuss departmental budgets and warrant articles. 
Each department or independent board is given 
the opportunity to present its budget and respond 
to questions and concerns raised by Committee 
members. Based on its deliberations, the 
Committee makes a recommendation on each line 
item of the budget and each warrant article. 



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Boards & 
Committees 



Finance Committee (Continued) 

Similar to the budget hearings, the Committee also meets with petitioners, proponents and other interested 
parties, whether in support or opposition of proposed warrant articles that are to be considered at the Spring 
or Fall Town Meetings. After consideration of each warrant article, the Committee votes on its 
recommendation. In certain instances, when an article has no financial implication to the Town, the 
Committee may vote to make "no recommendation" on the article. 

The recommendations of the Committee are published in the Spring and Fall Report Books, which are 
available to residents and Town Meeting Representatives. Additionally, the Report contains financial data 
specific to the Town and other useful information. 

The Finance Committee also has one or more liaisons assigned to all major capital project committees. 
Project Liaisons are responsible for keeping the Committee informed about a project's progress and financial 
status. 

In accordance with the Town Charter, "The duty of Town Meeting Representatives is to keep abreast of town 
business and review materials forwarded to them by the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager. It is 
expected that town meeting members will attend meetings of multiple member bodies, attend hearings held 
by the Finance Committee and actively prepare for each session of the town meeting." The Finance 
Committee both encourages and welcomes attendance and participation of town meeting members and 
residents at any of its meetings. 



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Town 
Meeting Reps 



The Legislative body of the Town of Chelmsford 
is a Representative Town Meeting consisting of 
162 elected representatives from 9 precincts. 
Representatives are elected for a three-year term. 
Following is a listing of all Town Meeting 
Representatives as of the April 2002 election with 
the year indicating when their terms expire. 

PRECINCT 1 



2005 

Anthony V. Volpe 
Elizabeth A. McCarthy 
Robert P. Joyce 
Marian D. Currier 
William E. Spence 
Cynthia J. Kaplan 



2004 



Nancy H. Robinson 
Mary A. Gregoire 
Barry B. Balan 
Kathryn Brough 
Margaret Peggy Dunn 
Kathleen A. Tubridy 



144 Warren Ave 

48 Bartlett St 

103 Turnpike Rd 

181 Littleton Rd #239 

91 Billerica Rd 

22 Bartlett St 

45 Billerica Rd 

4 Byam Rd 

54 Boston Rd 

14 High St 

2 Bridge St 

45 High St 



2003 



Samuel P.Chase 
Sandra A. Kilburn 
Stephanie J. Levell 
Frances T. McDougall 
Michael N. Raisbeck 
James P. Lynch 



5 Rivermeadow Dr 
181 Littleton Rd 8-217 
189 Acton Rd 
11 DawnDr 
85 High St 
189 Acton Rd 



PRECINCT 2 



2005 



George L. Merrill 
Francis G. Miskell 
Bruce J. Harper Sr 
Wesley M. Harper 



108 Dunstable Rd 

38GrotonRd 

9 Harvard St 

Removed 1/16/03 



Vacancy will be filled 4/2003 election 

Mary Jo Welch 3 1 Kennedy Dr 

Edward J. Nolet 8 Newfield St 



2004 



Mark T. Connors 
M. Janice Spence 
Phyllis H. Clark 
Francis M. Conlin 
Susan E. Carter 
Karen E. Connors 



61 Dunstable Rd 

816 Wellman Ave 

1 1 Sharon Ave 

14 John St 

47 Kennedy Dr 

Removed 1/16/03 



Vacancy will be filled 4/2003 election 



2003 



Stanley W. Norkunas 
Real R. Turcotte 



58 Church St 

dropped 5/7/02 per 

Sec 2-5 ( c) 

Vacancy will be filled 4/2003 election 

per 10/9/02 Rep Mtg 

John W. Thompson 14 Arbor Rd 

Jeffrey W. Stallard 103 Tyngsboro Rd 

PO 2004 
William F. Dalton 12 Dartmouth Sr 

William J. Gilet, Jr 5 Sharon Ave 

PRECINCT 3 



2005 



John P. Emerson, Jr. 
D. Lorraine Lambert 
George R. Dixon, Jr 
Michael F. Curran 
Michael F. McCall 
Thomas E. Moran 



2004 



H. Steve Flynn 
David H. Hadley 
Nancy J. Knight 
Jodie L. Murphy 
Bruce R. Wolf 
Carol W. Merriam 



2003 



James P. Spiller 
Adrienne M. Jerome 

Harold I. Matzkin 
Kathryn M. Fisher 
Christopher T. Garrahan 
Shaun F. Saber 



8 Loiselle Ln 

91 Main St 

15 Edgelawn Ave 

58 Crooked Spring Rd 

151 Main St 

1 9 Dennison Rd 



13 Dayton St 

40 Blodgett Pk 

29 Stonehill Rd 

70 Jordan Rd 

12HatikvaWay 

8 Lovett Ln 



96 Meadowbrook Rd 

118 Crooked 

Spring Rd 

E24 Scotty Hollow Dr 

2 Kelshill Rd 

4 Maynard Circle 

32 Hatikva Way 



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Town 
Meeting Reps 



PRECINCT 4 



2005 



2003 



Scott E. Johnson 
Karen M. DeDonato 
Brian P. Latina 
John G. Coppinger 
Kathleen M. Redican 
Mark A. House 



25 Samuel Rd 

57 Moore St 

15 Jessie Rd 

20 Ansie Rd 

80 Carlisle St 

12 Donald Ave 



Patricia Wojtas 
Beverly A. Barrett 
David P. McLaughlin 
W. Allen Thomas, Jr. 
Kathryn A. Torres 
Chris L. Perkins 



24 Elm St 
3 Delpha Ln 
110 Garrison Rd 
374 Littleton Rd 
77 Hunt Rd 
10 Warwick Dr 



2004 

John B. Sousa Jr 
Helen A. Manahan 
Daniel J. Sullivan, III 
Cathleen H. Latina 
Henry A. Houle 
Raymonde R. Legrand 

2003 

Sheila E. Pichette 
George A. Ripsom, Sr. 
Billy L. Martin 
Dennis P. Sheehan 
Richard R. Madanjian 
Robert O. Gardner** 
**movedup 1/15/03 
Elizabeth M. Ripsom 

PRECINCT 5 



PRECINCT 6 



88 Carlisle St 

26 Muriel Rd 

4 Shedd Lane 

15 Jessie Rd 

1 Pearson St 

20 Oak Knoll Ave 



26 Shedd Ln 
33 Porter Rd 
9 Vincent St 
61 Moore St 
Resigned 1/15/03 
4 McFarlin Rd 

33 Porter Rd 



2005 

Kathleen Curran 
Evelyn S. Thoren 
Judith B. Mallette 
Cheryl M. Perkins 
Glenn R. Thoren 
Stephen J. Mallette 

2004 

Charles Wojtas 
Bonnie G. Wilder 
Dean Carmeris 
Barbara H. Ward 
John W. Wilder 
Carol A. Kelly-Suleski 



5 Kenwood St 

18PinewoodRd 

1 3 Wedgewood Dr 

10 Warwick Dr 

18PinewoodRd 

1 3 Wedgewood Dr 



24 Elm St 

3 Higate Rd 

20 Higate Rd 

15 Pinewood Rd 

3 Higate Rd 

5 Warwick Dr 



2005 



John P. Kivlan 
Ralph M. Nebalski 
Mary E. Frantz 
Howard J. Hall 
Thomas R. Fall 
Linda J. Fall 



123DaltonRd 

10 Sunset Ave 
34 Miland Ave 

5 Hillcrest Dr 

1 1 Jensen Ave 
1 1 Jensen Ave 



2004 



Angelo J. Taranto, Jr 
Janet G. Dubner 
Susan Kupor McHugh 
Pamela H. McKenna 
George T. Chianis 
Nancy W. Kaelin 



1 1 Woodlawn Ave 

46 Dalton Rd 

63 Dalton Rd 

60 Hornbeam Hill Rd 

273 Chelmsford St 

22 Fairbanks Rd 



2003 



Judith A. Olsson 
Stuart G. Weisfeldt 
David J. McLachlan 
Marianne J. Paresky 
M. Elizabeth Marshall 
Norman J. Aubert, Jr 



8 Scott Dr 

8 Leitrim Ln 

5 1 Brentwood Rd 

10 Smith St 

16 Colonial Dr 

14 Hidden Way 



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PRECINCT 7 



2005 

Dennis J. Ready 
Pamela L. Armstrong 
Donna L. Ready 
Stratos G.Dukakis 
Peter Dulchinos 
Paul F. Gleason 

2004 
Joseph D. Ready 
Leonard W. Doolan, III 
Bernard A. Ready 
Judith Hass 
Kevin E. Porter 
John S. Goffin* 

2003 

Dwight M. Hayward 
Kathleen S. Fitzpatrick 
Carol A. Stark 
Joan D. Morrison* 
*Moved up 12/20/02 
Robert F. Sullebarger 
Clare L. Jeannotte 
Gail F. McCall 



2 Abbott Ln 
15 Amble Rd 
2 Abbott Ln 
lOGallowayRd 
17SpauldingRd 
30 Pine Hill Rd 



2 Abbott Ln 

52 Amble Rd 

31 Clover Hill Dr 

27 Mcintosh Rd 
48 Abbott Lane 

19 Cathy Rd 

59 Amble Rd 

15 Footpath Rd 

Resigned 12/19/02 

85 Westford St 

46 Chestnut Hill Rd 
3 Hawthorne Ln 

28 Galloway Rd 



PRECINCT 8 



2005 



Philip M. Eliopoulos 
Angelo J. Taranto 
William C. Curry 
Walter A. Cleven 
Joyce E. Johnson 
Richard M. Johnson 



26 Arbutus Ave 

8 Charlemont Ct 

15 Overlook Dr 

4 Arbutus Ave 

237 Old Westford Rd 

237 Old Westford Rd 



2004 

Richard J. Day 
S. George Zaharoolis 
Ralph J. Hulslander, Jr. 
Margaret A. Fudge 



6 Merilda Ave 

191 Princeton St 

74 Smith St 

Resigned 1/13/03 



2004 continue 

Gail A. Luchini ** 

**moved up 1/13/03 

Christine H. Walsh 

Jennifer Renna 

Ferreira 

Mark A. Healy** 

**moved up 5/2/02 



6 Lafayette Terrace 

17 Old Farm Way 

Resigned 5/2/02 
13 Windsor St 



2003 



Alexander W. Gervais 
Samuel Poulten 
John S. Fudge, Jr. 
Rachael A. Haded 
**moved up 1/13/03 
John E. Abbott 
Deborah Villano 
Mary E. Tiano 



5 Arbutus Ave 
16 Berkeley Dr 

Resigned 1/13/03 

6 Sycamore St 

384 North Rd 

10 Gregory Rd 

1 Spruce St 



PRECINCT 9 



2005 



Thomas A. Newcomb 
Leonard E. Westgate 
John G. Harrington 
Susan B. Graves 
Will L. Perry 
James L. Hickey 



2004 



Barry K. Hamill 
C. Thomas Christiano 
George E. Ryan, Jr 
Phyllis M. Elias 
Francis J. Barre 
Robert P. Mackey 



2003 



Doris M. Briggs 
Marc A. Pare 
Matthew X. O'Brien 
Gary A. Mathews 
J. Stephen Clark 
Arthur Carmen 



9 Clarissa Rd 

7 Wildes Rd 

149 Boston Rd 

17 Clarissa Rd 

42 Concord Rd 

104 Kristin Dr Ext 



55 Clarissa Rd 

6 Drew Cir 

51 Clarissa Rd 

28 Regina Dr 

3 Sandra Dr 

47 Old Stage Rd 



26 Clarissa Rd 

2 Marina Rd 

21 Regina Dr 

19 Clarissa Rd 

1 1 Smokerise Dr 

6 Howard Rd 



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Meeting Reps 



CHELMSFORD ELECTED OFFICIALS 4/2/02 



CEMETERY COMMISSION 

(3 yr Term - elected) 
Jean R. McCaffery 
201 Old Westford Rd. 



Gerald L. Hardy Chr 
1 1 Meehan Drive 

James F. Dolan 

106 Middlesex Street 

CONSTABLE 

William E. Spence 
91 Billerica Road 



256-5333 



256-6717 



2003 



2004 



251-3105 2005 

(3 yr Term - elected) 
256-4581 2004 



BOARD OF HEALTH (3 yr Term - elected) 
Ann Marie Roark appt 11/4/02 

9 Natalie Rd 256-6614 



Earnest Wu 

255 North Rd #28 

Peter Dulchinos 
1 7 Spaulding Road 



256-8976 



2003 



2004 



2005 



256-5256 
Douglas E. Hausler resigned 9/17/02 



HOUSING AUTHORITY (5 yr Term - elected) 

Scott Johnson 

25 Samuel Road 256-3205 2003 

Denise Marcaurelle Chr 

7 Whippletree Rd 256-0942 2005 

Leonard E. Westgate VChr 

7 Wildes Rd 256-3796 2006 



Gail F. Hunter 
8 Buckman Dr 



256-4058 



2007 



Andrea MacMillan (Govnr Appt) 
101 Middlesex St 1st fl 251-1328 7/16/2003 

Pamela Turnbull (Govnr Appt) resigned 2/02 



LIBRARY TRUSTEES (3 yr Term - elected) 

Carol L. Sneden V Chr 

4 Laredo Dr 256-2327 



Stephen J. Mallette 

13 Wedgewood Drive 250-0260 



Barbara A. Weisfeldt 
8 Letrim Lane 



256-7902 



Steven P.L. Maloney Chr 

10 King St 256-8538 

Margaret E. Marshall 

2 Draycoach Drive 251-1296 

Elizabeth A. McCarthy 

48 Bartlett Street 256-6871 

Eric G. Groves 
2 Wedgewood Dr 

MODERATOR 

Dennis E. McHugh 

63 Dalton Road 256-6842 



2003 



2003 



2004 



2004 



2005 



2005 



256-2881 2005 

(3 yr Term - elected) 



2005 



2 Chelmsford Street (office) 



256-3330 



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PLANNING BOARD (3 yr Term - elected 
Alternate elected 2 yr term) 

Pamela L. Armstrong Clk 

15 Amble Rd 256-8767 2003 

John S. Goffin* 

19 Cathy Rd 256-1292 2003 

*Appt 6/18/02 to fill vacancy 

James P. Good 

4 Burning Tree Lane 256-2686 2003 

Charles Wojtas 

24 Elm Street 256-9089 2004 

Susan E. Carter Chr 

47 Kennedy Drive 251-4374 2004 

Robert C. Morse 

45 Clarissa Road 256-5147 2005 

Christopher Garrahan 

4 Maynard Circle 251-3673 2005 

Kim J. MacKenzie, Resigned 5/23/02 

Michael W. Pacitto Alternate Appt 7/16/02 

17 Chestnut Ave 256-4379 2003 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE (3 yr Term - elected) 
James B. Trager 



SELECTMEN 



(3 yr Term 



William F. Dalton Chr 

1 2 Dartmouth Street 251-3259 



Philip M. Eliopoulos 
26 Arbutus Ave. 



256-2388 



Thomas E. Moran,Clerk 

1 9 Dennison Road 25 1 -4 1 73 

Michael F. McCall, VChr 

151 Main Street 251-3157 



elected) 
2003 

2003 

2004 

2004 



Stuart G. Weisfeldt 
8 Leitrim Lane 


256-7902 


2005 


SEWER COMMISSION 


4 (3 yr Term 
251-3654 


- elected) 


John P. Emerson, Jr. Chr 
8 Loiselle Lane 


2004 


Barry B. Balan VChr 
54 Boston Road #10 


256-8234 


2004 


John F. Souza 
123 Stedman St 


256-6478 


2005 


Richard J. Day 
6 Merilda Avenue 


251-3382 


2005 


George F. Abely Clerk 
87 Swain Road 


251-8472 


2003 



203 Concord Rd 



256-0371 



2003 



Cheryl M. Perkins 
10 Warwick Dr 



250-4123 



2004 



Evelyn S. Thoren, Chr 
1 8 Pinewood Road 



256-1122 



2004 



Angelo J. Taranto Clerk 
8 Charlemont Ct 



251-8205 



2005 



Sheila E. Pichette V Chr 
26SheddLane 452-5919 



2005 



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TOWN DEPARTMENTS & SERVICES 



Accounting , 250-5215 

Assessor 250-5220 

Board of Appeals 250-5231 

Building Inspector 250-5225 

Cemetery 250-5245 

Conservation Commission 250-5247 

Council on Aging / Senior Center... 251-0533 

Dog Officer 256-0754 

Fire Department 256-2541 

All Other Fire Business 250-5267 

Gas Inspector 250-5225 

Health Department 250-5241 

Highway Department 250-5270 

Garage 250-5271 

Housing Authority 256-7425 

Libraries: 

Adams 256-5521 

McKay 251-3212 

Personnel 250-5288 

Planning Board 250-5231 

Plumbing Inspector 250-5225 

Police Department 256-2521 

Recreation Commission 250-5262 

School Administration 251-5100 

Selectmen 250-5201 

Sewer Commission 250-5233 

Supt. of Public Bldgs 250-5249 

Town Clerk 250-5205 

Town Engineer / Dir. Public Works 250-5228 

Town Manager 250-5201 

Treasurer/Tax Collector 250-5210 

Veterans' Agent 250-5238 

Waste/Recycle 250-5203 



COMMUNITY VISION STATEMENT 

The Town of Chelmsford strives to be a fiscally stable urban community providing the residents and businesses with 
a clean environment and a high quality of living. The Town will plan, construct and maintain all public facilities or 
public works infrastructure to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all persons. The Town strives to offer an 
equitable tax structure to residents and businesses alike. The Town places a high value on the educational 
curriculum. The Town will foster an atmosphere conducive to the development and promotion of cultural, 
recreational, and educational opportunities to all the residents of the community. 

Adopted, Board of Selectmen July 1993 

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COMMU NITY PHONE NUMBERS 



UTILITIES & OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS 

Cable TV— AT&T ComCast .....888-663-4266 

Citizen Info Service (Secretary of State) 800-392-6090 

Chelmsford Forum Ice Skating Rink 978-670-3700 

KeyspanGas , .' 800-548-8000 

Local Access— Chelmsford TeleMedia Corp 978-251-5143 

Massachusetts Electric , 800-322-3223 

Post Office (Center Chelmsford) 978-256-2670 

Post Office (North Chelmsford) 978-251-3146 

Registry of Motor Vehicles ; 800-858-3926 

Trash— Russell Disposal 888-870-8882 

Verizon Phone Service 800-870-9999 

Water Districts < ..„ 

Center District .....978-256-2381 

East District 978-453-0121 

North District 978-251-3931 

STATE & FEDERAL OFFICIALS 

U.S. Senator John Kerry 617-223-2742 

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy 617-223-2826 

U.S. Congressman Martin Meehan 978-459-0101 

State Senator Susan Fargo 617-722-1572 

State Representative Cory Atkins (Precincts 1,9) 617-722-2040 

State Representative Thomas A. Golden Jr. (Precincts 2,6,8) 617-722-2575 

State Representative Geoffrey D. Hall (Precincts 3,5,7) 617-722-2320 

State Representative David Nangle (Precinct 4) 617-722-2230 






Town of Chelmsford 

50 Billerica Road 

Chelmsford, MA 01824 

Website: www.TownofChelmsford.us 



Town of Chelmsford 
50 Billerica Road 
Chelmsford, MA 01824